Workshop: Renewing The Magic of Pictorial Space
Part of Guest Series
Eye to Pencil Studio
Timothy Hyman is an artist and writer on art, and his workshop will explore spatial contexts and constructs.
Timothy asserts that “the 20th century notion that art must be flat in order to be ‘truthful’ needs now to be challenged”. After 1910, pictorial space was too often shut down, rather than liberated, typically amounting to little more than a shallow shelf, parallel to the picture-plane. When Modernism eschewed Illusion it separated our art from some of the most rewarding experiences offered by earlier Western painting – the cosmic journeys of Brueghel and Lorenzetti, the airborne diagonal thrusts of Tintoretto and El Greco. Deep space doesn’t have to be academic. As Max Beckmann put it:
‘To transform height, width and depth into two dimensions was for me an experience full of magic, in which I glimpsed for a moment that fourth dimension my whole being was seeking.’
Our workshop will explore the diagonal, the peripheral, the anti-perspectival, the unsystematic, the subjective or ‘first person’ as it affects our drawing language. The all-powerful conventions of the camera (which has been described as ‘a little Brunelleschi Box’) have become a tyranny for many artists, suppressing the liberty of the roving human eye. Through drawing we can renew the experience of engaging imaginatively with all the possibilities of pictorial composition, the powerful emotions bound up with Near and Far, Above and Below, Left and Right.
Materials are included.
Guest Series Format: We
will be joined by guests from different fields: art, ethnobotany, anatomy, and
photography each of whom is committed to drawing. The format for the Guest
Series will be for each guest to give a talk about how drawing relates to their
own work and field, then at a later date they will lead a day long drawing
workshop based on their practice.
Tuesday, 8 November10am-4pm (1 hour lunch break)
Tickets are £50.
Note: STUDENT/UNWAGED discount of
33%. Use the code: student-33 at checkout
Timothy Hyman trained as a painter at the Slade; as well as ten London solo shows, he has exhibited widely, and was elected a Royal Academician in 2011. He is an experienced teacher both as a painting mentor and advocate of drawing on location around the streets of London. His curation and writing is highly influential. Publications include The World New Made: Figurative Painting in the Twentieth Century, a monograph on Bhupen Khakhar, as well as both Bonnard and Sienese Painting in the World of Art series.
Anyone who is interested in drawing or who draws but would like to try out new
materials and techniques centred on drawing.
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Suitable for ages:
Eye to Pencil
The studio is on the 1st Floor and only accessible via stairs.